OUR BIKES Har­leys go head to head

The Street 750 has taken over from the Sport­ster 883 as the en­try-level Hog, but how do the two com­pare?

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he Har­ley-david­son Street 750 I’ve been rid­ing for the last few months has taken over from the XL Sport­ster 883 as the baby of the Har­ley range af­ter al­most 30 years. I was cu­ri­ous to see how the two com­pared so I spent a morn­ing rid­ing them around the Ox­ford­shire coun­try­side to find out.

FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS My Street 750 looked rather or­di­nary when I parked it up along­side the Iron 883. The next thing I no­ticed as I started the 883 was its key­less ig­ni­tion, which runs on a transpon­der kept in my pocket. As soon as I pushed the starter but­ton the in­stru­ment panel lit up and I spot­ted a dig­i­tal clock on the dash. Al­though a mi­nor de­tail, the abil­ity to tell the time while rid­ing is some­thing that’s miss­ing from the Street 750. Win­ner Iron 883

ER­GONOMICS The Iron 883’s plush, sin­gle seat is more spa­cious for my 5ft 10in frame than the cramped Street 750. There’s a slight dif­fer­ence in the po­si­tion­ing of the pegs on the 883, the seat is 65mm higher and the fuel tank is nar­rower, which all con­trib­ute to the ex­tra room. The Iron sticks with Har­ley’s tra­di­tion of hav­ing in­di­ca­tor switches on each han­dle­bar, which re­quires a con­scious ef­fort each time I sig­nal my in­ten­tion. The side­stand on the 883 is aw­ful and kick­ing it down for the first time made me feel like the bike was go­ing to top­ple over. Win­ner Draw

RID­ING I ex­pected the 883’s larger ca­pac­ity to make it nip­pier, but I was dis­ap­pointed as it felt sur­pris­ingly slug­gish in com­par­i­son to my Street 750. While the 750’s six-speed box doesn’t pro­vide the most re­fined gear change it’s a much smoother ac­tion than the clunky five-speed box of the 883. One area where the 883 has su­pe­ri­or­ity is in brak­ing. The brakes on the Street 750 aren’t the strong­est and the Iron 883’s stop­pers felt sharper and are def­i­nitely more ef­fec­tive. Win­ner Street 750

COM­FORT At around 50mph on sweep­ing coun­try roads the Iron 883 was great fun to ride but at the in­creased speeds on a dual car­riage­way, the fun stopped. The lack of wind pro­tec­tion com­bined with vi­bra­tions through the pegs and bars caused pins and nee­dles af­ter just a few miles of rid­ing. The seat on the Street 750 has lit­er­ally been a pain in the bum, so much so I’ve been in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­ter­na­tives but it does seem the tiny cowl round the head­light on the Street 750 dis­rupts air­flow just enough to avoid neck­ache, some­thing I’ve al­ways been sur­prised about. Win­ner Street 750

FI­NANCES The Street 750 is £ 1800 cheaper than the Iron 883 and the per­sonal con­tract pur­chase (PCP) deal for the Street works out £30p/m cheaper than the one for the Iron, when the de­posit and re­pay­ment term are the same. I’ve checked in­sur­ance prices on www.mc­n­com­pare.com and it would cost me £70 to in­sure ei­ther model. Win­ner Street 750

CON­CLU­SION If I were to buy a bike just on looks alone the Iron 883 wins hands- down as the more ag­gres­sive look­ing of the two. But it was dis­ap­point­ing to find it vibey and slug­gish away from the line. Then there’s the money side of things. I’m no­to­ri­ously tight and the Street 750 is more af­ford­able. My Street 750 was def­i­nitely the one I wanted to ride home af­ter my day in Ox­ford­shire.

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